Compare Ford Explorer Sport Trac vs. Dodge Dakota vs. Honda Ridgeline

Compare the Ford Explorer Sport Trac against the Dodge Dakota and Honda Ridgeline. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Explorer Sport Trac, Dakota and Ridgeline stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Explorer Sport Trac, Dakota and Ridgeline. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2010 Dodge Dakota 2010 Honda Ridgeline
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2010 Dodge Dakota 2010 Honda Ridgeline
  • RWD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • RWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
  • AWD 4dr Limited
2WD Ext Cab ST
  • 2WD Ext Cab ST
  • 2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
  • 2WD Crew Cab ST
  • 2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
  • 4WD Ext Cab ST
  • 4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
  • 4WD Crew Cab ST
  • 4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
  • 2WD Crew Cab Laramie
  • 4WD Crew Cab TRX
  • 4WD Crew Cab Laramie
  • RT
  • RTS
  • RTL
  • RTL w/Navigation


MSRP $28,210 $22,755 $28,450
Invoice $26,386 $21,678 $25,783
Avg. Paid $20,510 $11,992 $17,952

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.6 7.7 8.1
Critics' Rating 7.9 7.8 8.7
Performance 8.2 7.7 8.0
Interior 7.8 7.2 7.7
Cost to Own 8.5 8.9 8.6
Safety 9.0 8.7 9.4
Reliability 5.0 3.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Powerful V8
  • Impressive towing capacity
  • Good reliability score
  • High towing capacity
  • Outstanding reliability score
  • Comfortable, car-like ride
  • Innovative tailgate and in-bed trunk
  • Outstanding safety score
  • Above-average reliability score
  • Short bed limits cargo-carrying capability
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Underwhelming base V6
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Low towing capacity

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas V6 3.7L/226 Gas V6 3.5L/212
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 15 City / 20 Hwy 15 City / 20 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Extended Cab 6'6" Bed 4 Door Crew Cab


Wheelbase(in) 130.5 131.3 122.0
Length, Overall (in) 207.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 71.7 77.8
Height, Overall (in) 72.5 68.7 70.3

Doors & Windows

Privacy Glass Standard Standard
Sliding Rear Window Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner Optional
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4504

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Optional Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 112.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 39.6 40.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.9 40.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 57.7 63.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 54.9 57.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 36.5 39.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 32.1 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 57.4 62.6
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 56.9 57.2
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 37.5 46.6
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 44.4 30.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Optional Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Optional Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Optional Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Optional
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/245 3.7L/226 3.5L/212
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5100 210 @ 5200 250 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 254 @ 3700 235 @ 4000 247 @ 4300
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36.8 44.0 42.6


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 15 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 22.0 22


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Trailing Arm
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Coil
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Leaf


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Optional Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.